A seven-member committee created by the Illinois High School Association met for the first time this week to look at creating more chances for disabled student-athletes to compete, the Chicago Tribune reports.
One of the ideas thrown out the meeting was a state track meet for disabled students, the report said. Marty Hickman, the IHSA executive director, told the Tribune:
A number of states are doing some things in track and field. Some are doing unified programs like the Special Olympics. ... Kids who participate in interscholastic athletics benefit from that, and we want to provide as many opportunities as possible.
One person who was happy about the IHSA's efforts was Lincoln-Way North High School sophomore Matthew Juskie, a legally blind member of the school's golf team. The IHSA bends its rules and allows Juskie to compete with a spotter.
"I think it's great," Juskie told the Tribune.
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